SPEAKERS

  • Rudy Aguilera

    Chief Investment Officer, Ironclad Investments LLC

    Mr. Aguilera is the Portfolio Manager of the Ironclad Managed Risk Fund. Mr. Aguilera has served as a chairman, moderator, panelist and advisory board member at the largest indexing conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Aguilera was a visiting instructor at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) teaching investment professionals how to actively budget portfolio risk. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Aguilera was the Chief Investment Officer of Helios LLC.

    Mr. Aguilera has presented at the national conferences of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal. In 2011, Mr. Aguilera was selected by Institutional Investor as a Rising Star of Mutual Funds.

    Contact info: info@ironcladfunds.com


  • Brian Altenburg

    Brian Altenburg

    PhD, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Highmore Group Advisors

    Dr Brian Altenburg is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Highmore. Prior to Highmore, Brian was the Global Head of Alternative Investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Brian joined Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. (OAM) in 2012 to head OAM's Alternative Investments Group. While at Oppenheimer he refocused the group’s strategy and restructured the team into one of Oppenheimer’s most profitable businesses with various new investment additions to the platform before leaving to found Highmore. Oppenheimer’s Alternative Investments Group had in excess of $4 billion in assets at Brian’s departure.

    Before leading Oppenheimer’s Alternative Investments Group, Brian was a Managing Director, Group Founder, and Global Head of Citibank’s TPG Alternative Solutions and TPG Asset Allocation Solutions at Citibank. In this role he was responsible for building out the firm's customized hedge fund offering which provided custom hedge fund offerings to the firm's more sophisticated clients. In his role he also acted as fund manager for the firm's $2bn+ multi-strategy Umbrella Fund and launched and acted as portfolio manager for two concentrated hedge fund of funds. Prior to taking his role at Citibank, he was a Managing Director, Group Founder, and Head of Alternative Investment Solutions at Merrill Lynch (and pre-merger, for Bank of America). In this role at Merrill Lynch he was responsible for alternative investment asset allocation, custom hedge fund portfolios and post-merger, third party fund of fund offerings and due-diligence overseeing in excess of $15 billion.

    Before joining Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Brian was a Senior Analyst at Man Investments (Man Group) in London and finally in New York where he focused on hedge fund seeding across various investment strategies. His role involved sourcing of manager opportunities, as well as the completion of due-diligence and monitoring on potential opportunities in a group with assets in excess of $25bn. Brian started his career at Key Asset Management, a European fund of hedge funds, where he was a member of the investment research team responsible for business development and investment team sourcing. Brian completed his D.Phil. from Oxford University, with a particular interest focused on the areas of organizational behavior and behavioral finance.


  • David Blitzer

    David Blitzer, Ph.D

    Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee

    David M. Blitzer is Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) with overall responsibility for index security selection, as well as index analysis and management.

    Prior to becoming Chairman of the Index Committee, Dr. Blitzer was Standard & Poor’s Chief Economist. Before joining Standard & Poor's, he was Corporate Economist at The McGraw-Hill Companies (now S&P Global), S&P DJI's parent corporation. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economic Analyst with National Economic Research Associates, Inc. and did consulting work for various government and private sector agencies including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the National Commission on Materials Policy and Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Dr. Blitzer won the 2012 William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Blitzer is the author of Outpacing the Pros: Using Indices to Beat Wall Street’s Savviest Money Managers, (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and What’s the Economy Trying to Tell You? Everyone’s Guide to Understanding and Profiting from the Economy, (McGraw-Hill, 1997). In the year 2000, Dr. Blitzer was named to SmartMoney magazine’s distinguished list of the 30 most influential people in the world of investing, which ranked him seventh, and in the year 1998, Dr. Blitzer was named the nation’s top economist, receiving the Blue Chip Economic Forecasting Award for most accurately predicting the country’s leading economic indicators for four years in a row. A well-known speaker at investing and indexing conferences, Dr. Blitzer is often quoted in the global business press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, and various other financial and industry publications. He is frequently heard on local and national television and radio in the U.S.

    A graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in engineering, Dr. Blitzer received his M.A. in economics from the George Washington University and his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

    Contact info: http://us.spindices.com/contact-us/


  • Ryan Borer

    Ryan Borer

    President & Chief Strategy Officer, Fusion Capital Management

    Serving as President & Chief Strategy Officer, Ryan brings over 17 years of industry experience as a registered rep, wholesaler, executive and manager to his role at Fusion.

    As a founding partner, Ryan’s goal is to expand upon his experience and operational success to deliver a streamlined platform to Fusion’s clientele.

    Since founding Fusion, Ryan has developed advisor focused technology and operations platforms to help firms and individual advisors remove the friction from their operations. Ryan lead the Fusion team from under $200 million in assets in January of 2015 to over $800 million just three years later.

    Ryan is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist designee through the College of Financial Planning, and currently holds his Series 65 License. Mr. Borer has previously held his Series 7, 6, 63, and Life/Health/Variable licenses.


  • Matt Brennan

    Matt Brennan

    Vice President, Structured Solutions, CAIS

    Matt Brennan is a Vice President on CAIS' Capital Markets team where his primary responsibilities include client coverage and product support for CAIS' Structured Notes, Hedging and Monetization, and Separately Managed Accounts businesses. He provides coverage for the Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern regions. Previously he worked for the Ayco Company LP where he provided investment management services to ultra-high net worth individuals and families.

     


  • Michael Cameron

    Mike Cameron

    Head of Investor Relations, Carmika Partners

    Michael Cameron is Head of Investor Relations and Operations at Carmika Partners LLP focused on delivering hedging solutions and uncorrelated return strategies to RIAs, Family Offices and Institutions. Previously, Mike was Head of Institutional Client Coverage at ETF Securities where he led a team of four investment specialists in the US, covering Institutions and Family Offices for alternative ETFs and factor investing. Mike joined BAML equity derivatives in 2012 as Director where he lead a team of two, offering investment solutions and derivative advice to global volatility arbitrage hedge funds and pension plans in the US and Europe. Prior to BAML, Mike was Director at Deutsche Bank from 2004 to 2012 where he worked with global macro and volatility hedge fund clients in equity derivatives sales & trading.

    Mike holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (UWO) in London, Ontario in addition to a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal.

    Contact info: http://www.carmikapartners.com/contact/


  • Ravi Chahil

    Ravi Chahil

    COO/CCO, Volaris Capital Management

    Senior manager with diverse experience and understanding of Risk, Operations, Technology, Product Control for complex financial products. 20 years of experience in top Wall Street firms building derivatives systems, assessing risk, streamlining operations, regulatory compliance, process re-engineering, recruiting/managing teams, building relationships.

    Ravi has deep understanding of Risk across Derivatives, Equities, Fixed Income including Valuation, Sensitivities, Value-at-Risk, Stress Testing, Benchmarking /Performance attribution, Hedging, Monte Carlo Simulation, Risk Weighted Assets. Ravi received his PhD in Economics from Clark University and wrote the dissertation “Interest Rate Spreads and the Business Cycle – Role of Liquidity and Uncertainty”.

    Contact info: https://www.volariscapital.com/contact.html


  • Eric Cott

    Eric Cott

    Director, OIC

    As a representative for The Options Industry Council and serving as Director, Financial Advisor Education, Eric Cott endeavors to help advisors and their firms to use options more effectively. Mr. Cott is responsible for expanding OIC’s outreach to financial advisors. Additionally, he participates in conference panel discussions, presents advisor-oriented educational seminars, and guides the development of options curriculum and content for the OIC Advisor web site.

    Over the last 20+ years, Mr. Cott has supported, served as and directed financial advisors through different roles. Most recently he was a Regional Vice President and Retirement Income Consultant at Sunlife Financial Distributors Inc. where he identified and cultivated new business, increasing assets and revenue share. Prior to that, Mr. Cott spent the majority of his investment career as a Producing Manager and Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. There he built and maintained a successful wealth management practice.

    Mr. Cott holds a BA from University of Wisconsin Madison and the CRPC designation from the College of Financial Planning.

    Contact info: https://www.optionseducation.org/about_oic/oic_biographies/bio_cott.html


  • Michael J. Davis

    Michael J. Davis

    Portfolio Manager

    Michael Davis is a portfolio manager at Rampart Investment Management Company (since 2016) and managing director at Virtus Investment Advisers (since 2014), both investment management affiliates of Virtus Investment Partners.

    Mr. Davis’ responsibilities with Rampart include investment strategy, product development, and portfolio management for the firm’s high-net-worth, institutional, and mutual fund clients. His responsibilities with Virtus Investment Advisers include portfolio management for the Virtus Sector Trend separately managed account.

    Mr. Davis has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, including investment management and capital markets. Prior to joining Virtus in 2014, he was a founding partner of Varick Asset Management, an independent alternative manager focused on the development of innovative portfolio solutions and investment strategies. Before forming Varick, Mr. Davis worked in the institutional asset management division of Barclays Capital, focused on quantitative and derivative-based investment strategies. Prior to Barclays, he worked in the derivative structuring group at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Davis started his career at Merrill Lynch in the asset-backed finance business.

    Mr. Davis earned a B.A. in psychology from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1999.

    Contact info: https://www.rampart-im.com/contact-us/


  • Chris DeMeo

    Chris DeMeo, FSA, CFA

    Co-Chief Executive Officer

    Chris has 27 years of experience in investment management, capital markets and consulting. Before co-founding Nu Paradigm, DeMeo was Head of Investment, Americas at Towers Watson, and was responsible for leading the Americas investment business which had more than 200 clients with over $600 billion under advisement and $20 billion in oCIO. He was responsible for developing and implementing investment solutions for a number of the firm’s major clients, including strategic asset allocation, portfolio construction and alternative investments.

    Prior to Towers Watson, DeMeo was Director, Investment Strategy at Russell Investments where he led the team that delivered investment strategies for retirement plans, foundations & endowments, operating assets and insurance companies. Previous roles included Director, Retirement Capital Solutions at Merrill Lynch where he advised numerous Fortune 500 retirement plan sponsors on developing and implementing innovative investment solutions; and Vice President, Global Structured Products at Bank of America where his team developed and marketed fixed-income structured solutions for the institutional retirement and insurance markets.

    Chris earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Syracuse University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. He also regularly presents at investment industry conferences on a wide range of topics including strategy, risk management and alternative investments.

    Contact info: http://www.nupinv.com/contact-us/


  • Ralph Drybrough

    Managing Partner, Fort Point Capital Partners

    Ralph Drybrough is the Managing Partner of Fort Point Capital Partners, a wealth advisory firm serving high net worth clients and institutions with offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Denver. Ralph is also co-founder of StratiFi Technologies, Inc., the first low-fee, intuitive and digital portfolio hedging service for wealth advisors. StratiFi is backed by leading venture capital and strategic investors including Anthemis Group, Wolverine Trading, HOF Capital, Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator.

    For over 20 years, his principal investment focus has been advising clients on the use of listed and over the counter (OTC) options as risk mitigation and return enhancement tools. Prior to starting Fort Point, Ralph spent three years as a Principal at the Presidio Group in San Francisco focused on delivering bespoke wealth advisory solutions to entrepreneurs, family offices and foundations. Ralph began his career at UBS in Chicago followed by six years at the Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group.

    Ralph serves as a board member and head of the investment committee for the Raphael House of San Francisco. He has a B.A. from Indiana University.


  • John Fowler

    John Fowler

    Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee Member, McElhenny Sheffield Capital Management

    John Fowler, CFP®, has been a Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee member at McElhenny Sheffield Capital Management (MSCM) in Dallas, TX since 2015. John is primarily responsible for overseeing numerous options based strategies for direct clients of the firm as well as those stemming from the firm's various sub-advisory relationships.

    John has over 14 years of industry experience working with Ultra High Net Worth and High Net Worth clients and has partnered with some of the biggest and fastest growing RIA firms in the country. Prior to joining MSCM John spent 5 years running a branch for one of the largest US brokerage firms, by trade volume, and 7 years educating retail investors and advisors on how to trade equities, fixed income, options, futures, and currencies.

    John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a minor in Russian Language and Eastern European studies. He was a programmer for Northrop Grumman on a joint NASA and FAA project before leaving the world of engineering to apply his quantitative and analytical skills to the world of finance. John currently holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation.


  • Tom Goodwin

    Tom Goodwin, PhD

    Senior Research Director, FTSE Russell Indexes

    Tom Goodwin is Senior Research Director for FTSE Russell. Based in New York, he has recently focused on “smart beta” indexes and speaks on this and other index topics at conferences and media events. He is the author of numerous white papers on investing and benchmarking with FTSE Russell Indexes, including a comprehensive guidebook on the range of smart beta indexes and their uses in client portfolios.

    Tom is a financial economist with more than 15 years experience developing research and solutions for asset owners. His areas of focus have included capital markets research, asset allocation, factor allocation, forecasting, performance measurement, and risk budgeting. Holder of both US and UK passports, Tom served as Head of Capital Markets research in London as well as many other roles within Russell Investments, including Director of Portfolio Strategies. Tom has also held the position of Chief Economist for King County in Seattle, Washington.

    Contact info: http://www.ftserussell.com/about-us/contact-us


  • Jack Hansen

    Jack Hansen, CFA

    Chief Investment Officer, Parametric - Minneapolis Investment Center

    Mr. Hansen leads the investment management teams located in the Minneapolis and Westport offices. Since joining Parametric in 1985*, Jack has managed futures, swaps, options, and other derivative based programs. He writes and lectures on the use of derivatives in portfolio management. He earned a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Marquette University and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a CFA® charterholder and member of the CFA Society of Minnesota. *Reflects the year employee was hired by The Clifton Group, which was acquired by Parametric Portfolio Associates® LLC on December 31, 2012.

    Contact info: https://www.parametricportfolio.com/contact


  • Chris Hausman

    Chris Hausman, CFA

    Director of Risk Management and Chief Technical Strategist, Swan Global Investments

    Chris Hausman, CMT® focuses on risk assessment and management for the Defined Risk Strategy investments and positions. He monitors risk across all of Swan’s portfolios and prepares stress tests, risk assessment reports and contributes to strategic decision making as part of the investment management team, as well as serving as an additional layer of oversight for the trading team. As a Chartered Market Technician, he also acts as Chief Technical Strategist at Swan Global Investments.

    Earlier in his career, Chris was a Senior Market-Maker for Wolverine Trading and traded on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, trading options on the S&P 500 futures index, and on the Pacific Stock Exchange, trading options on Microsoft. He also spent time as lead instructor for the International Trading Institute Ltd., teaching option strategies and risk management techniques to market makers and traders from around the world. In addition, he also spent time in roles as Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Portfolio Strategist and Director of Trading Operations for Saliba Portfolio Management, a hedge fund specializing in overlay solutions in Chicago, IL.

    Chris is a member of the Market Technicians Association and a Chartered Market Technician® and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.


  • Sean E. Heron

    Sean E. Heron

    CFA, Portfolio Manager, Options & Derivatives, Glenmede Trust Company

    Sean E. Heron, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager, Options & Derivatives, for The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. (GTC) and a Portfolio Manager for Glenmede Investment Management LP (GIM), an affiliate of GTC. Sean manages the secured options products and leads a team responsible for providing clients with options and some alternative strategies.

    Mr. Heron began his career as an Options Specialist with Goldman Sachs. In 2003, he left the firm to help former Goldman Sachs Managing Director Thomas McGowan launch McGowan Investors, LP.

    Mr. Heron graduated from LaSalle University with a B.A. in finance and an M.B.A in accounting. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2004.

    Mr. Heron is a board member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and serves as an instructor for the CFA® Exam and as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University.

    Education: B.A./M.B.A., LaSalle University

    Affiliation: CFA Institute, CFA Society Philadelphia

    Contact info: https://www.glenmede.com/contact


  • David Jilek

    D. David Jilek, CAIA

    Chief Investment Strategist, Gateway Investment Advisers, LLC

    David Jilek joined Gateway in 2014 and holds the positions of Chief Investment Strategist and Vice President. Based in Boston, his responsibilities focus on key opportunities to promote Gateway's low-volatility equity strategies by providing insight on the equity and options markets to the firm's institutional, sub-advisory and financial intermediary clients.

    Prior to joining Gateway, Mr. Jilek was a vice president and investment strategist at Natixis Global Asset Management. He was responsible for assessing capital market trends, working with affiliated portfolio management teams and assisting external clients with the firm's investment platform. Alternative investments, asset allocation, portfolio construction and retirement income strategies were the focus of his expertise.

    Prior to joining Natixis, his experience included investment product management and development roles at Evergreen Investments, American Express Financial Advisors and Putnam Investments.

    He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Sean D. Biggs Memorial Foundation.

    Mr. Jilek received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and has been in the investment industry since 1998. He holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is a member of the CAIA Association.

    Contact info: http://www.gia.com/contact/


  • Phillip J. Kosmala

    Phillip J. Kosmala, CFA

    Managing Partner

    Phillip J. Kosmala, Co-Founder of Taiber Kosmala & Associates, LLC has been in the investment consulting industry for over 15 years. Prior to establishing the firm, he worked at Lowery Asset Consulting, acting in several leadership, research, and consulting capacities including positions of Executive Vice President, Director of Manager Research, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chairman of the firm’s investment committee. Phil and his team had the responsibility of advising a national client base of endowments, foundations, plan sponsors, and affluent families. Additionally, he headed the firm’s manager research efforts and chaired the firm’s investment committee charged with capital markets research, tactical asset allocation, and manager research & diligence.

    Prior to that, Phil held senior research and investment consulting roles at DiMeo Schneider & Associates, LLC. Here he was acting Chairman of the Investment Committee and Manager Research Director. In the early 1990’s Phil spent four years with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an auditor of money management firms and registered investment advisors, which made for a natural extension into future manager research & diligence and chief compliance officer roles.

    Phil has been quoted in various national media publications and has made several appearances at various industry conferences throughout his career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from DePaul University, has been awarded the CFA designation, and is a member of the CFA Institute & CFA Society of Chicago.

    Contact info: http://taiberkosmala.com/contact/


  • Doug Kramer

    Doug Kramer

    Managing Director

    Doug Kramer, Managing Director, joined the firm in October 2015 as Co-Head of Quantitative & Multi-Asset Class Investments (QMAC). Doug is responsible for growing and expanding the firm’s systematic and multi-asset class strategies.

    Prior to joining the firm, Doug was Chief Executive Officer at Horizon Kinetics, an investment management firm. While with Horizon, Doug’s focus was engaging with clients, as well as building their successful options strategy. Previously, he was a Managing Principal of Quadrangle Group and a Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co. where he served as Chief Investment Officer and Head of the Global Manager Strategies Group. At Goldman, Doug was responsible for manager selection across all traditional asset classes as well as the strategic development of GSAM's Institutional Fiduciary Management business. Doug holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School.

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  • Ken Kwalik

    Ken Kwalik

    Managing Director; Portfolio Manager - Harvest Volatility Management

    Ken is a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio manager of Harvest’s Put Writing and Call Writing strategies. Harvest is a Registered Investment Advisor with over 10bn USD in AUM specializing in managed volatility strategies.

    Ken has over seventeen years of experience in the volatility space, helping build businesses as a portfolio manager and trader across both market-making and advisory desks. Prior to joining Harvest, Ken was head of Portfolio Management & Trading for Goldman Sachs’ Equity Solutions Group/Options Advisory Services (“GOAS”) team, a part of the Investment Management Division’s Private Wealth group. One of the team’s founding members, Ken built and developed the portfolio management, risk management and open-architecture execution platforms. Ken managed various equity-linked strategies with a global scope, utilizing listed and OTC derivatives, structured notes, and various types of cash-trading. Prior to that, Ken traded for the Volaris group, a derivatives overlay management provider within Credit Suisse, trading listed and OTC equity derivatives across domestic and pan-European platforms for private clients. Prior to that, Ken traded both index and single-stock volatility for five years as an exchange-based options market-maker in Chicago—primarily with SLK-Hull Derivatives, a Goldman Sachs company.

    Ken received his B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, with Dean’s List honors and is a certified GARP Financial Risk Manager (“FRM.”) Originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, Ken resides in New York City with his wife, Rebecca.

    Contact info: http://www.harvestvolmgt.com/#contact


  • Jeff Laffond

    Jeff Laffond

    Senior Investment Analyst, Manchester Capital Management

    Jeff’s key areas of focus include investment research and manager selection. He is responsible for sourcing and analyzing new and existing investment opportunities, providing analysis and coverage of the firm’s alternative investments, and monitoring direct investment opportunities. Prior to joining Manchester Capital in 2012, Jeff worked in the finance department of a renewable energy start-up and a lobbying firm in Washington DC. Jeff holds a B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South with a major in International Development and a minor in Political Science. While at Sewanee, Jeff was a member of the men’s varsity lacrosse team, the Order of the Gownsmen, and the Sewanee Investment Club. Jeff is the Vice-Chairman of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Champions Committee, whose mission is to bring together the next generation of passionate philanthropists to further the Reeve Foundation’s mission.


  • Justin Lent

    Justin Lent

    Portfolio Manager, Stratifi

    Justin Lent earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. Prior to becoming a Portfolio Manager at StratiFi, he most recently he worked as Director of Hedge Fund Development at Quantopian where he developed methodologies for discovering algorithmic strategies from their community of users for eventual capital allocation. Prior to that he worked at Palantir Technologies focused on data analytics at large financial institutions and product development of Palantir's financial analytics platform. He started his career as a Market Risk Analyst at Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock) and a couple of smaller California based hedge funds in the long-short equity, and index options trading space.

    Contact info: https://www.stratifi.com/contact


  • Defina Maluki

    Defina Maluki, CFA

    Chief Investment Officer, Co-Founder

    Defina Maluki is the Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of Sagewood Asset Management LLC. Prior to Sagewood, he was the Head of Volatility Strategies for the Wealth and Investment Management division of Barclays in the Americas. Previously, he was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Credit Suisse, where he led a team that developed and managed absolute return volatility strategies as well as options-based hedging strategies for institutional and high net worth clients.

    Defina began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he developed fixed income trading and hedging models for a quantitative-macro hedge fund.

    A CFA® charterholder, Defina holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS with high honors in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.

    Contact info: http://www.sagewoodam.com/contact-us


  • Defina Maluki

    Frank McCannon III, CFP®, CIMA®

    Chief Investment Officer, Co-Founder

    Frank launched his career with PaineWebber in 1998 and has been with his UBS team since 2003. Frank helps family business owners and corporate executives create and maintain a roadmap to their financial destinations.

    He and the team utilize a consultative process to understand where you are, where you want to go, and identify any gaps. They then engage a team of professional advisors to address their clients' five key concerns; making smart decisions with their money, mitigating their taxes, taking care of heirs, helping to prevent their assets from being unjustly taken, and helping them to make a difference in their communities and the world.

    Frank prides himself on his ability to listen to people and allow them to open up about their financial issues. As a Private Wealth Advisor whose focus is holistic wealth planning, he enjoys helping his clients feel connected to their wealth. His prior work in the field of employee benefits provides his clients with a very comprehensive view of risk management.

    Frank holds the Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses. He is a CFP® and CIMA® certificate holder. Frank is married and has two daughters. His non-professional passions are music, coaching and refereeing soccer, and the outdoors. He has been a long-distance runner for 39 years.


  • Eric Metz

    Eric Metz

    Chief Investment Officer, Spiderrock Advisors

    Eric oversees all investment strategies and portfolio management activities at the firm. Prior to joining SpiderRock Advisors, Eric was the Derivatives Strategist and Portfolio Manager at RiverNorth Capital Management, managing both mutual fund and hedge fund assets. Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E in Industrial and Operations Engineering and earned his M.S.E., with honors, in Industrial and Operational Engineering. Eric was enrolled in the Industrial and Operations Engineering PhD program at the University of Michigan before pursuing his career path with the Chicago Trading Company on the floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Cboe Options Exchange (Cboe). After the trading floors, Eric was a senior trader and partner at Ronin Capital and Bengal Capital, both proprietary trading firms specializing in volatility arbitrage. Eric is a CFA Charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

    Contact info: http://www.spiderrockadvisors.com/contact/


  • Dominick Paoloni

    Dominick Paoloni

    Founder & CIO, IPS Strategic Capital

    Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer of IPS Strategic Capital, Dominick Paoloni has served the investment community for over 35 years. Dominick received his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) through the Wharton School of Business and completed the College for Financial Planning’s CFP certification program. An Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, he frequently lectures in Denver and internationally on the real-world use of derivatives in risk-defined money management.

    Dominick is a nationally known writer, facilitator, and radio host and commentator. In 2009, he was recognized by Morningstar Advisor Magazine for successfully protecting his clients against the disastrous 2008 meltdown with innovative portfolios which weathered the storm with only a small fraction of the market’s losses. He has also been featured in numerous other publications, including EQ Derivatives Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine, the Denver Post, and the Journal of Investment Consulting, which published one of his white papers. His life’s work is striving to deliver a risk management solution that doesn’t rely on market timing or asset allocation.

    “After a lifetime in the financial services industry, not only studying but teaching all forms of portfolio management, I’ve come to the conclusion that although using options is not the only way to manage risk, it is the best way to manage risk.”

    Affiliations: OIC Advisor Leadership Council; TD Ameritrade Advisory Council

    Contact info: http://investps.com/contact-us/


  • Steven M. Rashis

    Chief Strategist, M1 Capital Management

    Steve began his trading career in 1987, just a few months prior to the stock market crash of that same year. He began trading in the S&P 100 index pit for a small local trading firm ran by Tom Sosnoff and Scott Sheridan, who later founded the brokerage firm Thinkorswim, which specializes in options and building trading technology for retail investors.

    Steve spent roughly 10 years as a market maker in the S&P 100 index, trading his own capital as well as managing firm positions for the Sosnoff/Sheridan Group. In 1996 Steve moved to the YAHOO and NOKIA pit to make markets and trade his own capital. Learning to trade and manage risk during this extraordinary period paved the way for the educational content Steve later helped create for Thinkorswim.

    In November 2001 Steve left the CBOE to join Thinkorswim and has carried several roles with the firm over the past 11 years. One of the most significant roles was building a probability based option strategy curriculum that used defined risk option strategies as the cornerstone to teach retail clients how to use and manage options effectively.

    In the summer of 2009, Thinkorswim was purchased by TD Ameritade. During the three years Steve stayed at the firm, he helped create and support the OMC (Option Market Center), which is an institutional product delivered by TD Ameritrade to help investment advisors learn various option strategies and how to apply them to client portfolios.

    At the end of 2013, Steve left TD Ameritrade to join M1 Capital Management, which was formerly TOS Advisors (ThinkOrSwim Advisors), a privately owned asset management firm based in Bloomfield Hills Michigan. Steve serves as Chief Strategist for M1 and blends options strategies with the firm’s tactical ETF investment portfolios.


  • Mark Sebastian

    Mark Sebastian

    Chief Investment Officer, Karman Line Capital

    Mark Sebastian is a former member of both the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. He is the managing partner of Karman Line Capital, a hedge fund; the founder of Option Pit, a consulting and education company with expertise in institutional implementation of derivative strategies. The Author of the trading manual “The Option Traders Hedge fund." He is a frequent guest on Fox Business News, Bloomberg, First Business News, and CNBC. Mark hosts a weekly show Trade-The-Trade on CBOETV where he walks through trades and keeps track of his theoretical profit and loss. Sebastian has been published nationally on Yahoo Finance, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Bloomberg and is a head contributor for The Street’s Option Profits Team. Mark has spoken for The Options Industry Council, Cboe, the ISE, The CME, and is a co-host on the popular Option Block Podcast and Volatility Views podcast.

    Mark has a Bachelor’s in Science from Villanova University.

    Contact info: mark@karmanlinecapital.com, 630 862 1152


  • Rajeev Sharan

    Rajeev Sharan

    Director, Risk & Analytics, Savos Investments

    Rajeev Sharan, Director of Quantitative Analytics and Risk, is responsible for designing and implementing risk management solutions for the Savos investment platform. He is also the Portfolio Manager for the Savos Dynamic Hedging Fund (SVDHX). He joined Savos Investments in April 2015.

    Prior to joining Savos, he was Director of Risk at Aspiriant, responsible for firm-wide risk management and quantitative investment research. Rajeev has also held positions at Deutsche Bank Group, Standard Chartered Bank, and Dun & Bradstreet. His expertise includes hedging, tail risk hedging, derivative exposure and counterparty credit risk modeling, liquidity risk management, structured product analysis, and risk model development across asset classes.

    Rajeev earned his MFE (Masters in Financial Engineering) from the UCLA Anderson School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles and an MA and an MPhil (Master of Philosophy), both in Economics, from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He is a frequent guest speaker at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he also leads a workshop in risk management and derivatives trading.

    Contact info: raj.sharan@savosinvestments.com


  • Steve Sherman

    Steven Sherman

    President and CIO, CS Advisors Inc.

    Steven Sherman is the President and CIO of CS Advisors Inc., a financial planning and wealth management firm.

    Mr. Sherman received a Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Economics and Finance in 1986 from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

    Mr. Sherman started his career in the financial industry in 1986 as an options market maker. He was a member of The American Stock Exchange, Commodities Exchange and The New York Futures Exchange. Since forming CS Advisors Inc in 2002, he has focused on providing the highest quality financial services by helping clients formulate and maintain portfolios properly constructed to build wealth over time while limiting risk exposure.

    Mr. Sherman currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Mary and their dog, Faith.


  • Bobe E. Simon

    Bobe E. Simon

    CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager, Geode Capital Management LLC

    Bobe Simon is a Senior Portfolio Manager within Geode’s Commodity and Equity strategies teams. Mr. Simon joined Geode in 2005. Mr. Simon holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University College of Engineering. He is a CFA charterholder.

    Contact info: http://www.geodecapital.com/contact-us


  • Stephen Solaka

    Stephen Solaka

    Managing Partner, Belmont Capital Group

    Stephen Solaka is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Belmont Capital Group. He has over 18 years of financial market experienced focusing on equity risk management, options and portfolio management. Stephen is frequently quoted by Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg regarding options and hedging.

    Prior to founding Belmont, Stephen was a Director at Dorchester Capital Advisors, a fund of hedge funds focusing on equity and credit investments. Stephen previously advised clients at UBS Private Wealth Management, a division of UBS focused on families with over $10 million in investable assets.

    Prior to UBS, Stephen was a VP of Equity Derivatives at TD Options, a division of Toronto Dominion Bank. At TD he held responsibility for the firm's media and telecom options portfolio. This involved proprietary trading and market making on over 200 individual equities and sector ETFs. Stephen also held equity, ETF and index option market making positions at Bear Wagner Specialists and Stafford Trading. He was formerly a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and American Stock Exchange.

    Stephen holds a B.A. in finance from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

    Contact info: http://www.belmontcapgroup.com/contact/


  • Paul B. Stephens

    Paul B. Stephens

    Vice President and Department Head

    Paul Stephens is Global Head of Institutional End-User Business Development for the Cboe Options Exchange (Cboe). He currently focuses on index-related products such as S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option, and options on the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX), the world's barometer for market volatility. Cboe, founded in 1973, is the creator of listed options and the largest U.S. options exchange.

    Mr. Stephens has over thirty years industry experience in options, futures and other derivative securities. Prior to joining the business development division at the Cboe, Mr. Stephens was a Senior Staff Instructor with The Options Institute division of the Cboe. He also taught classes for the University of Chicago’s Masters in Financial Mathematics program. Before arriving at Cboe, he served as Financial Derivatives Instructor for the global investment bank S.G. Warburg. Mr. Stephens has also been a floor broker at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for clients of Refco, Inc.

    Paul Stephens has successfully passed three exams administered by the Society of Actuaries, holds a BS in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University and earned his MBA from Loyola University.

    Contact info: institutional@cboe.com, +1-312-786-7495


  • Michael Thompson

    Michael Thompson

    CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Kaizen Advisory, LLC

    Mike Thompson has over 20 years’ experience constructing and managing portfolios, including senior roles at William Blair & Company and Northern Trust Company. Mike later provided derivatives modeling and management expertise for a start-up derivatives exchange in Chicago. From 2008 through 2012, Mike co-developed a VIX futures strategy that began trading on a proprietary basis in October 2011. In 2013, Mike began trading the strategy as a principal of Advocate Asset Management, LLC, and subsequently for a registered CTA, Typhon Capital Management. Mike is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

    Contact info: http://www.kaizenfunds.com/contact/need-call-to-action-text/


  • Gregory Walters

    Gregory Walters, CFA

    Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Corient Capital Partners

    Greg is a Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Corient Capital Partners. Previous to his work at Corient, Greg was a Wealth Management Advisor and Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch for 7 years after working at Goldman Sachs in the Private Wealth Management Division. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation awarded by the CFA Institute.

    Greg and his wife Julie live in Irvine, California with their four children.


  • Mahsa Zeinali

    Mahsa Zeinali

    Chief Operating Officer & Partner, Rosen Capital Advisors, LLC

    Mahsa Zeinali serves as Chief Operating officer and Partner at Rosen Capital Advisors, LLC where she oversees all day-to-day operations and investor relations matters. Prior to joining Rosen Capital Advisors, Mahsa was as a Hedge Fund Analyst at Maguire Asset Management, where she was responsible for investment analysis on equities. Prior to Maguire Asset Management, Mahsa spent 2 years as an Investment Banking Analyst at the Sage Group, LLC. She also served 2 years as an analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of the Los Angeles office of Houlihan Lokey. Mahsa earned her Honors Business Administration Degree, with a concentration in Finance, from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

    Contact info


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